Alexa's Staff Picks
Although we come from different artistic backgrounds (mine being graphic design, and hers painting, drawing, and metalsmithing), Beth’s eye for composition and detail are incredibly inspiring to me. She’s mastered the materials she works with and knows just how to showcase them in her unique designs. Below are just a few of my favorites!
Mini Cresting Wave Ring
As soon as this ring came out in June, I knew I had to have it. The design is simple: a brightly polished wave peaking over a subtly textured background. It’s the perfect piece of jewelry to convey my love of water and Lake Superior. The tapered double band makes it super comfy to wear every day and it sits close to my finger so I don’t have to worry about it catching on anything. This is a ring I’ll be wearing for many years (and many adventures) to come.
Starry Greenstone Forest Wonderland
Some of my favorite Beth Millner pieces have stamped details like the stars, leaves, and flower blossoms in this stunning pendant. Did you know that Beth carves her own metal stamps from roofing nails? It may sound crazy when you can just buy metal stamps online, but it’s features like this that make Beth’s work truly unique. I also love how the copper wire squiggles across the pendant to form an abstract landscape. But the real treasure of this pendant is the Michigan Greenstone below. Its natural shape fits perfectly into the bottom of the oval, and its greenish-blue hue complements the copper beautifully.
Blue Enamel Dot Earrings
These copper dots get their vibrant color from enamel, a pigment that starts as a powder and melts into a glass when fired. If I could wear every color of these earrings at once, I would. How perfect are the red ones for a sultry summer evening? Or the yellow earrings with a cute floral sundress? But if you held a soldering gun to my head, I think I’d have to choose the deep cerulean blue. Whether they’re paired with a cocktail dress or blue jeans, this color will turn heads all the same.
Picnic Rocks Pendant
Everyone who stops in our store seems to notice and compliment this mixed-metal pendant. It’s one of our most popular designs, and it comes in two pendant sizes and a pair of earrings. So what’s the big deal? It’s all in the layers! The Picnic Rocks island sits back in the distance with tiny trees and birds floating above, but the pebbles at the bottom are up close and full of texture. Looking at this piece feels like standing on those smooth, cool stones and staring out at the endless lake under a clear sky. I’ve never seen a piece of jewelry that draws me in quite like the Picnic Rocks pendant, and I think most of our customers would agree!